Utilization of Agricultural Information Sources and Adoption of Animal and Crop Technologies Among Farming Households in Imo State, Nigeria

  • Chisom Norberth Uwandu University of Ibadan
  • Kehinde Adesina Thomas University of Ibadan
  • Chinwe Mercy Okoro University of Ibadan

Abstract

The study ascertained effect of utilization of agricultural information sources on adoption of animal and crop technologies among farming households in Imo State, Nigeria. Structured interview schedule was used to collect data from one hundred and fifty respondents using a multi-stage sampling technique. Data were analyzed using both descriptive and inferential statistics: PPMC and t test. Respondent’s mean age was 48 years; 99.1% had contact with extension agents; 88.4% had access to between 1 and 5 hectares of land; 33.6% practiced crop science; 29.9% practiced animal science. Recommended crop spacing was adopted by 36.6% of the respondents; while 29.9% adopted improved breeds of livestock. Agricultural Development Project (ADP) was the most accessed (x̅ = 2.97) information source. There was a significant relationship between use of agricultural information sources and adoption of crop technologies (r=0.262; p < 0.000), while significant difference (t=3.068; p < 0.05) existed in the adoption of crop technologies between respondents with low and high access to agricultural information. Efforts by relevant agencies to improve frequency of use of information sources relating to appropriate crop and animal technologies will ultimately increase their adoption of these technologies.

Author Biographies

Chisom Norberth Uwandu, University of Ibadan
Agricultural Extension and Rural DevelopmentStudent
Kehinde Adesina Thomas, University of Ibadan
Agricultural Extension and Rural SociologyReader
Chinwe Mercy Okoro, University of Ibadan
Agricultural Extension and Rural Sociology
Published
2018-01-31
How to Cite
UWANDU, Chisom Norberth; THOMAS, Kehinde Adesina; OKORO, Chinwe Mercy. Utilization of Agricultural Information Sources and Adoption of Animal and Crop Technologies Among Farming Households in Imo State, Nigeria. Journal of Agricultural Extension, [S.l.], v. 22, n. 1, p. 143-155, jan. 2018. ISSN 2408-6851. Available at: <http://journal.aesonnigeria.org/index.php/jae/article/view/1282>. Date accessed: 21 feb. 2018.

Keywords

Farming household, Information sources, Technologies and Imo state.